Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier has had to retire from day one of Rally Argentina after suffering a technical problem in SS2.

Ogier, who was bidding to win his sixth event in succession this weekend and extend his 34 point championship lead, stopped around 6 km from the end of the first test of the day, the long 51.99km Agua de Oro-Asochinga test.

Early reports suggest it was engine related, but this has not been confirmed. Volkswagen has already said he will re-join under Rally 2 on Saturday.

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Ogier was not the only runner to have trouble in SS2, either, with Hyundai's Thierry Neuville and Volkswagen Motorsport II pilot Andreas Mikkelsen both picking up punctures. Neuville lost over 4 minutes and Mikkelsen lost nearly 2.

Meanwhile, Britain's Kris Meeke was quickest - despite a broken handbrake - and currently leads Hyundai's Dani Sordo, who had power steering issues, by 32.7s.

Jari-Matti Latvala lies third in his Polo R WRC, 1.2s further back, followed by Mads Ostberg, Hayden Paddon, Ott Tanak, Martin Prokop and Elfyn Evans in positions 4 through to 8. Mikkelsen is ninth, one spot ahead of WRC 2 class leader, Yuriy Protasov.